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Rachael McCrorie (26) preschool teacher and Raymond Hanson (26) preschool teacher - Dunedin
When and Where did you meet?
We met 8 years ago as students in our first year at Otago University while both studying teaching at the College of Education. We both knew we liked each other from the start but it took one of our mutural friends to give Ray a push in the right direction to ask me out.
Ray had planned the perfect proposal with the help of my best friend. She had text me and told me we had to go to the gym later than normal on this day because she had an appointment. Little did I know it was because Ray was at home setting up a treasure hunt. I got home and found a single gerbra (my favourite flower) with a note telling me there were four more flowers and notes hidden around the house. This wasn't too unusual to me as Ray sometimes does these little treasure hunts for me with chocolates and flowers. The final note told me to go and see Ray who was in the lounge waiting on one knee with my ring in a rose.
When and where was the wedding?
The wedding was at Larnach Castle on 30th January, 2016.
Why did you choose the venue?
Being a Dunedin girl I was never going to get married anywhere but Dunedin and Larnach Castle was the perfect fairytale setting for my dream wedding. Also our friends had gotten married there 18 months before and after seeing the amazing job the staff did for them we knew our day would be stress free and perfect.
The dresses and suits
The boys wore plain black suits with white shirts and purple ties rented from Ace suit hire. Ray wore the same with a white/silver tie. The girls wore long length purple halter dresses from City Chic. My dress was from 4 Ever After Bridal in Invercargill, they were having a clearance sale so my maid of honour, mum and I drove all the way down there. We were there half an hour and I bought my perfect dress for a perfect price. A white and purple beaded strapless dress with a big train. The perfect princess dress.
Larnach Castle did the catering.
Highlight of the day
The highlight of the day was after all the formalities were over being able to let lose and have fun on the dancefloor and seeing every one of our guests up having a great night dancing to our amazing band.
Our photographer was Andrew Sloan